Latest on The North End planter

I have been fighting with the insurance company for reimbursement for the damages to the planter on Stella Link. They tried to make me go away but I wouldn’t quit. I believe we are close to getting payed. This was the most frustrating experience I have ever been through. It was such a small amount of money that I couldn’t believe they tried so hard not to pay it. Hopefully we will have or planter back in shape soon.
Bill Pennington

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Bellfort Park Apartments

The latest news on the Bellfort Park Apartments is not so good. They don’t really believe they have a chance of getting funding from the state. The alternatives are getting funding from the City of Houston for the rebuilding, get funding from the city and tear down the complex and move the rental subsidy to a new location(a new rule established by HUD allows this). The last plan would include tearing down the existing buildings and selling the vacant property

. All of this will be determined when the deadline on state funding is up at the end of July.

Always a new twist.




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Volunteers Needed

Elections for the Civic Club board are coming up and we need some new blood. Most of the current board members have served 3 or more years. The board does not require a lot of time in a year, but it is a commitment. The civic club does many things for the neighborhood that go unnoticed. Not the least of these is the enforcement of our deed restrictions. The neighborhood is about to undergo a great deal of change and some strong leadership is needed. If you have a few spare hours a year, your help would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to volunteer please contact me( or Bob Weber( Hope to hear from you.
Bill Pennington

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City Department of Neighborhoods is in Westwood

An inspector from the Department of Neighborhoods has been going up and down our streets looking for violations of city ordinances such as storing your garbage can and recycle can in view from the street.
Please be aware that residents cannot store the green recycle can or the brown garbage can where anyone can see it as they pass by.

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2-Garbage_Collection_0623_2014Here are the riles on solid waste collection from the City of Houston. Let’s all try to follow them. It is up to HPD to enforce them since they are city ordainces, so I am sure they can issue tickets for infractions.

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The following is the schedule for heavy trash pick up. Heavy trash may be put at t he curb starting the Friday prior to pick up. Our pick up day is the third Tuesday of the month. Please observe the tree waste/junk waste schedule. Homes with heavy trash out other than the approved times, will be reported to the city.

Tree Waste                     Junk waste

January                           February
March                               April
May                                  June
July                                   August
September                     October
November                      December

If you have any further questions, please go to the City of Houston solid waste dept. web site.

Let’s all work to keep our neighborhood neat and clean.

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New Blog

A new blog has been started. It involves the communities south of Braes Bayou. Looks very interesting. Check it out.

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Parking on The Grass

I recently got a pamphlet from HPD on the parking on the yard ordinance. The important part to me was the definition of an improved surface. The ordinance states that it’s purpose is to restrict parking on unimproved surfaces. The definition of an improved surface is as follows: “An area excluding a driveway, the surface of which is comprised of selected materials constructed to a depth sufficient to distribute the weight of a vehicle or equipment over such an area to preclude deterioration or deflection of the area due to vehicle or equipment load, adverse weather or other conditions.” The officer I spoke with said that the final decision on the surface was the responsibility of the city engineer. He further said that a patrol officer would not issue a citation that he could not justify in court. So to me it seems vary unlikely that a ticket will be issued to any one who has any type of hard surface under the wheels of a vehicle. Hope this helps some what clarify this ordinance.

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Recycle News

A recent article in the Chronicle stated that the West Park Recycle Center and the Post Oak Center are accepting Styrofoam for recycling Previously Styrofoam was not accepted for recycling. A local company has purchased the equipment to compress the material and make it recyclable
I have sent a request to our city councilman Larry Green to include our neighborhood in the mayors new single stream recycling program ( think big green recycle cans). Hope we can get included. Lets try and recycle what ever we can.

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Aggressive Dogs

There have been reports of 1 or more large dogs attacking walkers on Woodwind between O’Meara an McDermed. If you run into them please call HPD at 713 884 3131. Be careful and don’t try to approach them.

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